The Loaves & Fishes website declares that the average person sleeping outside must walk as much as one and a half miles to get clean drinkable water. The Missions Committee of First United Methodist Church is challenging our church to donate 20 cases of water for the month of July.
Elika Bernard has been living in the Sacramento region for over twenty years. She studied Communications, Sociology and Music at Sacramento City College. She then went on to study journalism and music at William Jessup University. There she earned a B.A. in English and a minor in music. After finishing school she worked as a News Apprentice at CBS 13 News and graduated from the Rock of Roseville Chaplain Academy. She loves teaching Children’s choir and painting.
Joseph Silmaro, First UMC’s Music Director for the past five years, will be moving on as of July 31st. Joseph and his family are headed to Georgia, where Joseph will pursue his education toward becoming a Registered Nurse.
Joseph has given us so many wonderful and prayerful musical gifts and we are so grateful that he has been a part of our vital ministry at First UMC.
We wish he and his family all the best as they make this important life transition!
Dear friends, our most elder member, LeRoy Walker, passed away last night. LeRoy was 100 years old and was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine, two years ago. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to First UMC.
Born February 16, 1916; Died May 3, 2016
We grieve, but not as those without hope. 1 Thessalonians 4.13
For several years, Prayer Shawls have been given to our members and friends who were ill, having surgery, suffering a loss, etc. Thanks to Sandy Adams and her Prayer Shawl Team, we now have “pocket prayer shawls” for anyone and everyone who wants one. They are knitted or crocheted squares with a cross in the middle that can be carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or totebag; or tucked under a pillow in your favorite chair.
We are gearing up for this the 2016 Summer SAM Session and this year’s theme is “The Art of Friendship”.
Applications to participate this year are available at the church for SAM or you can download and application here. SAM is free to all children and families and offers classes in singing, dancing, acting, photography, art, set design, guitar, ukulele and drumming.
Rev. Rod Brayfindley has served four other churches in his career. He is a frequent speaker at church events throughout the Western USA and is author of the adult spiritual curriculum The Awed Life as well as many songs sung in churches, collected in Songs for the Awed Life. Rod earned a Masters in Divinity from SMU Perkins School of Theology and received the B’nai B’rith Harold M. Kaufman Award in Social Ethics upon graduation.
As fellow United Methodists, we want to thank you for volunteering your time and resources to be a delegate at General Conference 2016.
We know you will face many weighty issues in Portland, but one is of particular importance to us – and that is the full inclusion of all our fellow congregants and ministers in The United Methodist Church (UMC), including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA).
Conscious Aging Program announces more opportunities.
The aging process brings to us the experiences of loss, changes in our bodies and minds, as well as other events. These trials often create a feeling of imbalance within us. Living, as we do, in a youth focused culture, we can find ourselves feeling inadequate to meet the challenges of daily living, as well as facing illness and dying. However, on the more positive side it is also a time that offers opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological progress.
The Youth continue selling stock for their Sierra Service Project (SSP) Mission Trip – only $20 per share. Junior and High School students will be attending programs this summer to help with construction and repair projects on Native American Reservations in the west.
Karla Lundin, Director of Young People’s Ministry, and Richard Pervorse, Maintenance and Security, will both be leaving FUMC at the end of June. Both Karla and Richard are Conference Lay Ministers.
Karla will be heading for the United Methodist Church in Hollister, CA where she will become the pastor. Richard and his wife, Jenn, and family will head to Oregon where Jenn will begin work with the Department of Interior.